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As a subject group we seek to maintain our international reputation in all aspects of the study of science, technology and innovation in society. We produce innovative and interdisciplinary research, public policy advice and consultancy on the socio-economic implications of technology and innovation, as well as the social and historical dimensions of issues such as: the history of science and medicine, information and communication technologies, life sciences, science and technology policy, international development, and the environment.
Research in science, technology and innovation studies is inherently interdisciplinary. The research activities of staff and research students in the subject group are organised through five main research clusters:
- Energy, Environment and Sustainability
- Innovation in Life Sciences (Agriculture, Food and Health)
- Social Studies of Biology and Medicine
- Historical Approaches to Science, Technology and Medicine
- Social Studies of Information and Communication Technologies
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A History of Epidemiological Reasoning
This project examines the history of epidemiology in the twentieth century. It asks how epidemiological knowledge has been produced, how it became powerful and who could speak in its name.
An Infrastructure for Platform Technology in Synthetic Biology
The aim of the project is to develop integrated platform technology and an infrastructure for synthetic biology.
Animal Machine and Me
This research will undertake a sociological investigation into current practices of repairing the function and replacement of the human heart.
Bodies of Knowledge
This project explores how the internet has and is being used by patients, practitioners and researchers in relation to Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI), a proposed cause for the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.
Business Models, Venture Capital and the Funding Gap in Regenerative Medicine
The Innogen Institute is providing recommendations on options for making public and private sector investments in regenerative medicine more attractive and profitable through the identification of alternative commercialisation models.
The Centre for Security Research (CeSeR) is an interdisciplinary centre that aims to promote and link diverse forms of security research across disciplines
Citizen Science Initiatives and Participatory Research
Looking into ways of raising the awareness of the potential that 'good' Citizen Science has for academics and policymakers alike.
Developing an interdisciplinary understanding of international developments in energy markets, policies and regulations.
Curious Edinburgh is on a mission to create mobile walking tours showing off Edinburgh's exceptional role in major scientific discoveries of the past five centuries across physics, geology and medicine.
Data & Football
A programme using mixed methods to map out expertise in the area of performance measurement at the intersection of data science, algorithmic culture, media and sport.
Diagnostic Innovation and Livestock (DIAL)
This project aims to demonstrate how improvements in diagnostics and treatment decisions can lead to better, more effective and sustainable applications of antibiotics in livestock farming in an international context.